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Bubbbles
13-12-2011, 11:06 AM
Hi,

First post but hopefully someone can better advise me than the company managing my property.

I have a tenant who signed a 12 month extension to a pre-existing tenancy agreement and they are just approaching the 6 months point of their current agreement (end of this month is 6 months).

Legal advice taken by them confirms that they can't just leave the property, but they have now stated they will be leaving at the end of this month and will not be paying any further rent.

We had agreed to let them leave early (for a number of reasons), provided they pay rent up until the end of month 7 of their agreement. However, what steps can we take to ensure that this payment is made before they leave the property? If they leave without paying, we will have no forwarding address for them, surely making it harder to get the remaining payment?

There is a month and a half deposit being held securely, but the damage caused by the tenant and the work required to return the property to a marketable condition is going to cost more than the money left (if using deposit - 1 months rent)

Interlaken
13-12-2011, 13:16 PM
There is not much you can do before they leave as damages will have to be assessed when property is vacated. Photograph damage done - was there an inventory done before check in?

After departure use a tracing agency like www.findamonkey.co.uk to locate them but you may have to wait a few weeks for them to pop up elsewhere. Then do 'moneyclaim online' to get an order for the expense of putting property back to original condition. Use the address from the trace.

All very time consuming and involves about £150 costs - will it be worth it? Only you can say.

Interlaken
13-12-2011, 13:16 PM
There is not much you can do before they leave as damages will have to be assessed when property is vacated. Photograph damage done - was there an inventory done before check in?

After departure use a tracing agency like www.findamonkey.co.uk to locate them but you may have to wait a few weeks for them to pop up elsewhere. Then do 'moneyclaim online' to get an order for the expense of putting property back to original condition. Use the address from the trace.

All very time consuming and involves about £150 costs - will it be worth it? Only you can say.